July 2011

In the news

Check out this amazing photo featured in the Daily Mail which shows the power of flowers. A male lizard woos his potential mate with a bunch of flowers then dramatically rescues her when she falls.

Caters News Agency


Burning question...

Why do my pansies always go leggy?

Not enough sunlight. Try moving them to a sunny spot. Alternatively, plant primulas, snapdragons or wallflowers where your pansies are.

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July is a good
time to...


Hide inside! Alternatively, spray your fruit trees with conquor oil and copper and your lawns with selective weed killer. Split up your perennials, turn compost and plant some silver beet and spinach – if you haven’t already. Get your soil ready for planting potatoes in a couple of months and don’t forget to deadhead your polyanthus and primulas.

Read on for more details.


Did you know…?

Strawberries are high in vitamin A and C. Plus they’re tasty – making them the perfect healthy snack for kids.



How’s your gardening going?

How are your broccoli and cauliflower coming along? Are your pansies prettying up your back yard? Is your parsley booming ahead?

Every month Tod, our gardening guru, gives you step-by-step instructions on what to plant. Lately, we’ve also started photographing what Tod plants so you can really see what’s going on. So, we thought it was time to show you how some of what we planted recently is growing. Check out how our potted trees are now preening with polyanthus. And see how our pansies are prettying up our practical parsley in the hanging basket we planted in May. We would show you our cauliflower we planted in April – but the white butterfly got to it a bit quicker than we did with our natural insecticide. So now you know – even the pros hit set backs once in a while!

If you’ve got pictures of seedlings you’ve planted following Tod’s advice – send them in. We’ll publish some in next month’s Cultivated News and even send some seedlings to a randomly drawn winner.

Happy gardening this July – or should we say happy hibernating?

Henri Ham
Awapuni Nurseries


Strawberries – summer’s sweet sensations

I say it every year – it’s crazy to be thinking about summer strawberries in the middle of winter. But if you want to stun the rellies with homegrown juicy sensations this Christmas, then you need to plant now.

The only exception to this rule is if you live down south – then you might need to wait until August when the soil is a little warmer.

Strawberries grow just about anywhere - your garden bed, old containers, or even in a cut off bit of drainpipe. As long as they can see the sun, and your garden or pot is well drained, you can expect great growing results.

Grab some of Awapuni Nurseries’ Traditional Value strawberry seedlings when you’re down at your local supermarket, Warehouse or Bunnings store. Alternatively, head online and have your seedlings delivered direct to your door.

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Majorelle Gardens, Marrakech. Photograph: Alamy Colombia gets festive with flowers

The Colombian Flowers Festival (Feira de las flores) runs from 29 July to 7 August in Medellín. The festival has been running since 1957 and celebrates all things floral.


Correction:

Last month we mistakenly gave readers the wrong date to harvest garlic. Thank you to one of our eagle-eyed subscribers who correctly reminded us garlic is usually harvested on the longest day – 21 December.


Pretty up your home and garden with potted primulas

Majorelle Gardens, Marrakech. Photograph: Alamy Pot purple primulas for pretty patios. Now there’s a tongue twister for you. Actually planting primulas isn’t that complicated. And, don’t worry if purple or lavender’s not your thing they come in a range of colours.

Purples, pinks and whites can create a whimsical look and feel. While, the stronger colours like red give a more cottage garden look and feel.

Once you’ve decided on the colour – head down to your local supermarket, Bunnings or The Warehouse and grab some Awapuni Nurseries Traditional Value or Pop’n’Grow seedlings.

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Henri and Paul Ham, Awapuni Nurseries Ltd
Pioneer Highway PO Box 7075 Palmerston North 4443 NEW ZEALAND

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